Small But Surprisingly Dark Details Fans Noticed In Famous Movies

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Whether you're watching an animated film or a comedy, there's always going to be something that strays into dark territory. After all, there really isn't much of a story to tell without conflict, and movies have been handling the darker aspects of humanity for about as long as the medium has existed.

Of course, not everything that happens on the screen is immediately apparent to every viewer. Sometimes, a dark detail emerges after fans take a close look at each scene in a movie and pick them apart, leading to some interesting details. This list highlights some of the more surprisingly dark details fans have noticed in famous films.


  • 1
    395 VOTES

    The Omaha Beach Scene In 'Saving Private Ryan' Is Too Realistic For Some Veterans

    From Redditor u/RobotJohnson:

    The Omaha Beach scene from Saving Private Ryan (1998) was depicted with so much accuracy to the actual event that the Department of Veteran Affairs set up a telephone hotline for traumatized veterans to cope.

    395 votes
  • 2
    354 VOTES

    The Story Behind The Inspiration For 'The Iron Giant' Is Tragic

    From Redditor u/xXDazzieXx:

    Brad Bird was in part inspired to make this movie The Iron Giant (1999) as a memorial to his sister Susan, who died at the hands of her husband by gun violence. His pitch was this: "What if a gun had a soul and didn't want to be a gun?"

    354 votes
  • 3
    309 VOTES

    The Nazi Uniforms In 'The Last Crusade' Aren't Costumes

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the Nazi outfits are genuine World War 2 uniforms, not costumes. They were found in Eastern Europe by Co-Costume Designer Joanna Johnston.

    309 votes
  • 4
    263 VOTES

    There's A Ton Of Dark Musical Cues And Imagery In 'Mulan'

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    Mulan (1998) only has musical numbers for the first half, until the characters find the destroyed village. From there on songs were avoided because the tone was meant to be darker.

    263 votes
  • 5
    273 VOTES

    Humanity Tried Too Late To Save Earth In 'WALL-E'

    From Redditor u/JRockstar50:

    In the opening scene of WALL-E (2008), there are wind turbines and nuclear plants built on top of trash mounds to imply that mankind didn't convert to clean energy until it was too late.

    273 votes
  • 6
    250 VOTES

    The Edgar Suit Decomposes Throughout 'Men In Black'

    From Redditor u/Forest-Temple:

    In Men In Black, the Edgar suit decomposes as the movie goes on.

    250 votes